Robert Kubica’s return to Formula 1 has been a long, tough road, but a single point achieved at the German Grand Prix has added a small glimmer of hope to a hard season at Williams.

Off track, the Pole’s return to the grid after a horrific rally accident in Italy in 2011 that took him away from Formula 1, has filled his many loyal fans with joy to see their hero back in the open wheel category full time.

After a test with Renault and Williams in 2017, Kubica became the reserve and development driver in 2018 for the Grove-based team, before joining George Russell for the 2019 season.

At the pre season livery launch for the FW42, the 34 year old was enthusiastic about what the new naming sponsor, Rokit, would mean for the team, and the new year

“Formula 1 is moving forward, and I think  Williams did the right thing to move forward with a livery which is more aggressive, it is a nice looking car. New partnerships, new partner, in this case Rokit, is somehow, a possibility to discover new things, new technologies, new ‘know how’ from different areas.”

On track, Kubica’s return has been a struggle from the beginning of the year, with a lack of consistency in the cars’ development being blamed by the single grand prix winner for his rookie teammate dominating.

The young Brit has out qualified the Pole at every single event of the year, 12-0, and finished higher in 10 of the 12 races, with only Germany and France seeing the chequered flag first.

Regardless, it would be hard to find someone in the paddock who doesn’t want to see the driver, who many thought could have been a future world champion, score more points towards the end of what might be his most challenging Formula 1 season yet.